STGCC 2011 and Horse Riding Lesson #6

Attended STGCC with Alanna and Ivory yesterday! And met up with Jasmine (get well soon!) and Shu for breakfast and dinner respectively. Couldn’t meet up with a lot of the Sparklies, but it’s okay! There are always other opportunities to meet up.

Perhaps because it’s really not what I’m interested in, but we sort of breezed through the whole thing in less than half an hour. If it was catered more to the Japanese market, and probably dolls and stuff, it might have been a lot more fun for me. This time it seems to focus a lot more on what a lot of people like to label as “Western toys and comics” like Marvel etc., and all the storm troopers and random collectibles. The area for animation and design seemed to have expanded a lot more definitely, which is always fun to look at.

I did look forward to Kishida Mel’s spotlight session 8) I’m very very attracted to his style of drawing and colouring, enough to want an autograph from him. I was hoping that I could catch his autograph session, but I realised that I would totally miss it because it’s held at 11AM-12PM, so there went the only thing I was looking forward to LOL. I didn’t really think I would be interested in a talk session, but surprisingly 1 hour flew by really fast~

And to go off topic, he’s really tall. And he’s got a decently cute face. Not ikemen ikemen, but you know, cute. And though common, I enjoyed his voice and his way of speaking and how honestly frank he was when he said he did so and so because it’s his job (for a commission). And he was an actor~ Sense this mini fangirling moment of mine that has got nothing to do with his art. And he likes Oshimizu Nako the most because of her braids hohohoho. COSPLAY?! HAHAHA.

He has another autograph session on Sunday 4PM-5PM, and I did consider going, but I told myself I shall let “Fate” decide for me. Should I be able to get a copy of Atelier Totori/Rorona’s artbook from Kino, I’ll rush for the autograph session. Alas, I checked the Kino site – no copies left LOL.


After 4 weeks of waiting, we finally got the chance to resume our horse riding lessons.

I know I’ll do very badly during lessons by jumbling up with my hands and basically failing at dealing with the whole saddle, so I was prepared to get skinned by the instructor. I’m glad I mentally prepared myself for it, because if I didn’t, I probably would waste the whole lesson away by giving up. I’m proud of myself for not shriveling up with every blow dealt.

I’m not hard of hearing, I do listen, and I don’t think his accent is strong enough to the point I don’t understand what he’s saying. But I really do wonder why can’t I understand simple instructions he gave. My only conclusion that I can come up with is that I’m stupid I can’t process his words logically and put it to action.

I still don’t understand what’s wrong with my nudging. The handling of the reins is something that I can definitely tell myself, “Okay, you’re doing it wrong, that’s why the horse is not listening, and you’re getting scolded left and right”, but nudging? “Kick in with your heels, do a Dorothy, KICK IT. Get angry with it!” I wouldn’t call my kicking a “tickle” if my legs are actually aching from using all my strength and I’m getting weird bruises all over my calves. And I’m not doing it “half heartedly” either because I really am not. My life, pride (and money) depended on the stupid horse to move, because if the horse decides to stop one more time, to hell with the scoldings, I will cry out of frustration. What makes you think I want to waste a few hundred bucks to act all sissy with the horse.

And when I was told to give a reason for me constantly looking at my horse’s head instead of the road again, my real reason was probably more of just pure childish frustration at the horse. Like “cb fucking horse doesn’t want to move, who so free look forward!” Really childish cus when I think back about it, I was giving the horse a death glare lol. But I don’t know how to express it without sounding really stupid, or getting potentially scolded again for the same bloody thing I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong, so I just made a really lame excuse of “I didn’t want to fall down” orz.

I’m sure when it all comes down to it, I’m really doing something wrong, and dear Rocky and Bob (who were trained by the same guy and grew up together) just does not understand what I’m demanding from them. But ARGH. I can’t believe I wasted so many lessons of not just my time, but also Ivory and the instructor’s. If I could, I wanted to childishly throw the reins down haha. You know, a mini kid tantrum, “I don’t want to do it anymore RAWR!”

Thankfully, the instructor just got me a whip at the last few minutes and finally we’re getting somewhere. And dear Rocky decided to listen to my nudging for once and we’re happily trotting away for like, 5 minutes. I know it’s not right for me to think of it this way, but it would have been really nice if he brought the whip for me sooner. I shouldn’t be relying on it so fast, but really now. 40 minutes gone just like that (and 40 more for the previous lesson which I sucked badly with Bob too :/)

Despite all this, I’m still looking forward to the next lesson. I don’t dread the scoldings because at least they weren’t personal attacks. That would be wrong no matter how much I suck. I just.. er.. really need to figure out what’s wrong with my nudging. Maybe I’ll practice kicking things with my heels. I’ve gotten the hang of just kicking nonstop, so now I’ll just work with increasing my attack power /shot “Get angry like you mean it” afterall lol.

My tian, if I had the cash, I would go for half hour lessons nonstop till I get the stupid horses to trot. Like arranging more driving classes /shot

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